Just received new hardwood floorboards for my ’26 roadster. Considering leaving the floor mat out. The mat is an extra hassle for maintenance purposes and I rather like the idea of a natural wood finished floor.
No reason why you couldn't.
I've had the floor boards lift up when going down the road into a strong headwind when running without the mat. Kinda scary. I could not push the brake. Luckily, I had room to coast off to the side and get them back where they belonged. Would it have done that with the mat? Maybe, but I think the mat helps hold them down and hold them together. It's not happened since, but I don't know that I have driven in such a head wind since then either.
My Betsy came to me that way. I got tired of keeping them clean and polished and eventually bought a mat.
I plan to leave my floor with mats. I made my own floors and finished them.
My 46 Dodge 1 ton, in the summer at 55MPH the floor board would float! I guess if you live and drive in a dry place like AZ no mat would be ok but with those smooth ones, looks like a great place to slip getting in and out for us that drive in more moist areas.
About half way up on the risers, there should be a riveted piece of metal that is turned to keep wood in place.
I've been thinking about buying one but I like to raise it up on the right side and reach in and turn the gas on and off at the sediment bulb. A lot easier than crawling under but a floor mat might make it harder. I had one years ago.
Thanks all for the pictures and recommendations.
Am going to go sans floor mat and see how it goes. If I find there are slipping or other issues, I can always reinstall it.
Bob, I do have the floorboard clips and with the lap joints in the new boards, this should keep them in place.
New floorboards installed. Before and after photos.
Even though I ordered a pre cut kit, each floorboard had to be tweaked and hand fit to my ’26 runabout floor. They came up a little short from top to bottom, had to add the spacer to take up the gap.
Nice photos. Anybody have an old floor mat they don't need anymore?
Wow! Very nice! They won't slip out of place. I wouldn't want to cover them either.
Mark L. I don’t think you would want my old floor mat, holes where they shouldn’t be, slots too big, tears etc.
Mark S. Your new floorboards look great with the polyurethane finish. I just stained mine with a linseed oil mix. Will see how it holds up.
Jerry, Thanks to the lap joints and the swivel clips the floorboards should stay put.
I screw them down in 2 places on each side and then install thick insulating carpet before installing the rubber mat. It keeps things cooler and quieter in the car. The pictured floor boards are pretty though.
Many people new to the hobby and their first trip pulling their T behind them on an open trailer have arrived at the tour only to find that a floor board or two flew up and then landed enough sideways to exit the trailer from either above or below. Generally a good idea on a long haul to wrap the floorboards up in the floor mats and put them in the trunk of the tow vehicle. I lost a floor mat that way and was just lucky not to have lost the front floor board too since it was laying on the flooring of the open trailer when I arrived at my destination. The normal strong wind during regular towing is increased dramatically when a large semi truck is just about even with the front edge of the trailer as the 2 vehicles pass each other. I have an enclosed trailer now.
Don't install the main floorboard upside down. You won't be able to shift into high.
This is how she was when I got her, and its how I've been driving it the last (almost ) 2 years, and it's how she's going to stay... 92 years original